Former Brophy teacher arrested on child molestation charges

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by Jennifer Thomas

Video report by Crystal Cruz

Posted on September 8, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 4:44 AM

PHOENIX -- A high school math teacher who was fired in November amid sexual misconduct allegations has been arrested on child molestation charges, according to the Phoenix Police Department.

Dan P. Whitehead, 71, was arrested Saturday morning and booked into the Maricopa County Jail.

Whitehead, who is also known as Daniel Whitehead, was charged with one count of sexual assault, two counts of attempted sexual abuse, two counts of furnishing harmful items to a minor and four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

In November, two former Brophy College Preparatory students who are now adults told school officials that Whitehead had touched them on their private parts against their will while at his home during the 1980s.

Whitehead was fired following the disclosure and school authorities notified police.

At the time, the victims did not want to speak to police, but Sgt. Tommy Thompson said several victims and witnesses eventually did come forward and an investigation was conducted.

Investigators learned that Whitehead had invited the victims to his home for various reasons. He is accused of giving the teens alcohol and showing them pornography. Whitehead then allegedly fondled or attempted to fondle the victims.

In a statement released Saturday afternoon, school officials said, "Brophy College Preparatory takes its responsibility to protect its students seriously and to provide any and all support to victims of abuse who are or have been students of Brophy."

The administration urged any other victims to contact the school at 602-264-5291, ext. 6248.

Click here to read the full statement from Brophy College Preparatory.

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